The UCSF-Genentech Clinical Development Fellowship Program partners two top leaders in academic research and the biotechnology industry to provide an immersive, innovative, mentored, two-year experience combining academic clinical investigation and pharmaceutical industry training for PharmDs in early postdoctoral years. The objective of this program is to provide training in proper conduct of clinical trials, safety surveillance and risk management, methodologies, and exposure to scientific and ethical issues in research and development.

Fellows will work with research and clinical faculty members at UCSF—a world-renowned teaching institution that focuses on the health sciences—where they will participate in clinical research, patient care, learn via interdisciplinary didactics, and present and publish results of scholarly work.

In partnership with Genentech, a leading biotechnology company in serious or life-threatening medical conditions, fellows will gain experience in clinical development and build core competencies in clinical and safety sciences that will prepare them for an exciting career in the biotechnology​/​pharmaceutical industry.


Application deadline

November 16, 2018

Start date

Summer 2019


2 years

Genentech training focus

  • Immersion in safety science and clinical science

  • About 3 days/week

  • 50% clinical science

  • 50% safety science

UCSF training focus

  • Immersion in oncology-focused clinical service

  • About 2 days/week

  • Mentored oncology clinical service on inpatient unit and Early Phase Development unit, with some clinical preceptorship duties

  • Didactic training and research seminars with clinical pharmacology fellows

Other program features and details

  • Biweekly, interdisciplinary didactics based on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

  • Quarterly research seminar multidisciplinary, collaborative, basic and clinical research

  • Responsible conduct of research training

  • Individualized training plan

  • Priority will be given to candidates with residency training

  • PharmDs must obtain licensure in California

How to apply

Applicants should submit to [email protected]:

  1. PDF iconApplication Facesheet.pdf
  2. Letter of intent
  3. Current curriculum vitae
  4. Three letters of recommendation using the PDF iconLetter of Recommendation Form.pdf (at least one from a full-time faculty member)
  5. Official transcript of all college coursework

All materials including letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline.

Learn more

To schedule an informational meeting, contact Leslie Floren.



Leslie Floren, PharmD, MA, DABCP
Adjunct Associate Professor

Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine

[email protected]


Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Department of Clinical Pharmacy

UCSF School of Pharmacy

[email protected]

Brian Simmons, PharmD, MS

[email protected]

Susan Eng, PharmD

[email protected]

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